Seven Tenets of Critical Race Theory, Pt. 2

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2. CRT rejects the notion of a “colorblind” society. Colorblindness leads to misconceptions concerning racial fairness in institutions; tends to address only the most blatant forms of inequality and disadvantage; and hides the commonplace and more covert forms of racism. “Instead of tackling the realities of race, it is much easier to ignore them by embracing colorblind ideologies . . . it creates a lens through which the existence of race can be denied and the privileges of Whiteness can be maintained without any personal accountability” (Harper & Patton, 2007, p. 3). Critical race theorists continuously critique institutional claims of liberalism, neutrality, objectivity, color blindness, and meritocracy (Crenshaw, 1997). These ideas camouflage the socially constructed meanings of race and present it as an individualistic and abstract idea instead of addressing how racial advantage propels the self-interests, power, and privileges of the dominant group (Solórzano, 1998).

From Shaun R. Harper, Lori D. Patton, & Ontario S. Wooden, “Access and Equity for African American Students in Higher Education: A Critical Race Historical Analysis of Policy Efforts,” Journal of Higher Education 80, no. 4 (2009): 390-1.

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Seven Tenets of Critical Race Theory, Pt. 2

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